​Even though the ​Washington Redskins won their preseason game Friday night against the Buffalo Bills, the team has much to improve on.


The number one area of concern for Redskins head coach Jay Gruden has GOT to be the amount of penalties committed by the offensive line. The Redskins had 10 total penalties as a team, nine of which were the O-line's fault.

The first two preseason games the team had similar issues. Against the Jets, the Redskins had 10 penalties for 65 yards, seven of which were on the O-line. Against the Falcons they had 14 for 123 yards, nine of which were against the O-line. You can notice a disturbing trend developing that will cripple the Redskins if they don't nip it in the bud now.


Gruden went into depth about the infractions at his post-game presser. 


“I saw two of them (penalties) on the big screen. You know, I’m not going to question the officials here but I’ll have to look at them again. I thought one of them was fine, but we’ll look at them. We’ll have to address them. The penalties—offensively—were too many. Kory [Lichtensteiger] I think had three, I think called against him. Logan [Paulsen] I think had one, I think that was a pretty good block by him also. But, we had some other ones. [Ty] Nsekhe had an illegal hands to the face which I think was a great call. We have to get those cleaned up, you know, those things are just—it’s hard enough to go down the field on a first and 10, second and 10, when you had first and 20, second and 25, it’s darn near impossible in the NFL. So, it’s something that we have to address and fix.”


Gruden has come under some fire from critics who think he has been to easy on the team in practices this summer. Those same critics think that Gruden hasn't pushed the team hard enough. Those critics should ​check out some of those practices they believe are too soft and they will see a fired-up Gruden appear if anyone slacks off. 


While the critics conversations are likely moreso opinions, it is a common thought that high amounts of penalties are often a sign of poor discipline. Whatever the case, the Redskins need to find a way to eliminate them before the regular season begins.


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